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January 31, 2014

Bounce Passes: Marblehead's Freedland decides to follow in older brother's footsteps, heads to Bates

It didn’t take much time for Emily Freedland to decide on what college she wanted to go to next fall. Having visited her older brother Josh Freedland over the past few years at Bates College, it seemed like a no-brainer to the Marblehead senior.

Freedland, who carries a 3.7 GPA, recently committed with the Division 3 New England Small College Athletic Conference school.

”I always knew I wanted to go to one of the NESCAC schools, small Division 3 type school,” said Freedland after her team’s 37-33 win over Salem on Tuesday. “I’ve been up to watch my brother’s football games and I’ve always loved Bates.

”It’s a perfect academic and athletic fit. I had emailed and sent film to Coach Murphy, and my parents and I went up to visit and meet with him last spring and he was very supportive, it was kind of meant to be from there.”

Freedland, one of two captains for the Magicians this winter, will play alongside former Masconomet standout Chelsea Nason, who is currently a sophomore on the Bobcats team.

”Coach Murphy said minutes aren’t guaranteed,” Freedland explained of her potential playing time next winter. “He seems like a straight shooter, though. If you work hard you’ll get minutes, so that’s what I’m hoping to do.”

A two-time Salem News and Northeastern Conference all-star, Freedland worked her way into a starting role at Marblehead during her sophomore year. She’s been the Magicians’ leading scorer over the past three seasons and has the capability to play at either guard position.

”Emily is a terrific leader for us,” said Marblehead head coach Wayne Hanscom. “She works so hard in practice and there’s not wasted motion with her. You never have to motivate her, she’s always sprinting and running hard. The great thing is she’s only going to get better. She can handle the ball and she can shoot it.”

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